The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Leaving town for a couple of days. There will be no reports on Friday and Saturday games.

The Yanks were off. Some Yankees news: Apparently Chase Headley is complaining about lack of playing time recently because Ronald Torreyes is taking some playing time from him. Hey Chase. Shut up. If Torreyes has a 4 hit and a 3 hit game like he’s had this week, he’s gonna play. You are going to ride the hot hand. Plus, it’s not like you have been Graig Nettles this year. .253-11-40 with an OPS+ of 92 is a bit below average. Now if you were .253-20-70, that’s different. Let your bat and glove do the talking. Otherwise, zip it. BTW, Torreyes is some eight years younger than you are. If you haven’t heard, there is a youth movement going on. Also, Rob Refsnyder has been playing 3B down in SWB lately.

I hate when guys pop off about playing time. Let your performance speak for you.

Ok, I’ll get off my rant and give the minor league report.

Bryan Mitchell off the DL, assigned to SWB.

AAA: SWB won 4-0. Jordan Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Each member of the lineup had exactly one hit. Ben Gamel solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 4-3. Double, HR & 2 RBI Mark Payton. Dustin Fowler with his 14th triple. Trenton batters struck out 13x.

High A: Tampa made four errors and lost 6-2. Tampa pitchers struck out 17. Rashad Crawford 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-2. Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, rbi. 2 hits each: Luis Torrens & Austin Afenir.

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Yankee Stadium Frieze

SWB’s Manager suggests that an overlooked minor leaguer that could help the team is OF Ben Gamel. Perhaps if Gardner can be dealt for pitching help (offered, no takers), that may happen.

AAA: SWB won 10-4. Gamel had 2 hits, 2 RBI. Severino shaky, 5 2/3 IP, 4 runs. Apparently the Yanks want him to concentrate on his changeup right now and aren’t too concerned with results as long as he throws and perfects the change. Severino, however, should just keep his mouth shut. He stated that he could just work on things in the majors instead of being demoted. Not with an ERA over 7.00 you won’t. Time to shut the Yap, Luis, and do what they tell you. You should be a bit more humble with that MLB ERA over 7.00 this year. Mason Williams 3 hits, RBI (another candidate for OF spot if Gardner dealt) . Donovan Solano 3 hits. Refsnyder 2 hits, RBI. Frazier 2 hits. Jake Cave 3 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 4-1. Chance Adams only went 4 1/3 (Innings limit?)   1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 10 K.  Wondering why pulled after 10 of 13 outs recorded were by strikeout.  2 hits, RBI Dustin Fowler.

High A:   Tampa won 3-0 on a 2-hitter. Yefrey Ramirez 8 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks, 8 K. Connor Spencer 2 hits and an RBI.

Low A: Charleston won 4-1. Daris Vargas 6 shutout IP.

Game 126. Sanchez HRs again as Yankees blank Seattle.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered again (9) as the Yanks blanked Seattle 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Sanchez solo HR in the first was the only run Masahiro Tanaka needed as the Yanks improve to 65-61. Thursday is an off day, and on Friday the Yanks face the Orioles and try to get 5 over .500 for the first time all year.

In the second inning, Judge was HBP and singles by Hicks and Austin brought him home. 2-0.

A single by Hicks, Austin reaching on a FC, single by Torreyes and SF by Gardner made it 3-0.

To the seventh. Gardner singled and Didi bunted him over to second. Normally, I would applaud the bunt, but with Sanchez hot, Seattle then walked the red-hot rookie to get to Teixeira. Teixeira responded by singling in run to make it 4-0.

In the ninth, Gardner walked and Didi doubled him to third. Seattle, apparently freaked out by Sanchez, intentionally walked him again. After Teix struck out, Castro hit a SF for the final score of 5-0.

Once again, the battery of Tanaka and Sanchez was brilliant.

Tanaka (w,  11-4, 3.11) 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.61 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.23.

 

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am out of town this weekend. There will be no recaps for games played Friday or Saturday.

AAA: SWB lost 8-0 to Lehigh Valley. Phil Coke gave up four runs in one inning of relief.

AA:Trenton won 3-1.  Bryan Mitchell, still rehabbing, 1 run in four innings. Dante Bichette, Jr., 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits Jose Rosario.

High A: Tampa lost 8-3, getting just two hits. Justus Sheffield struggled, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, in 3 2/3 IP. 2-run HR Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-0, getting just four hits. Ricardo Ferreira 3 for 3.

Game 125. Torreyes, Ellsbury back CC in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I will be out of town this weekend. There will be no reports, major or minor leagues, for the games played Friday and Saturday.

For his first 11 starts, CC was great, even though his record may not have showed it due to a lack of run support. His next 11 starts, not so good.

CC was very good last night as the Yanks beat Seattle 5-1.

Before the game, Anthony Swarzak was put on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and Ben Heller was brought up.

CC got help from Ronald (the Mighty Mite) Torreyes and Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple of Mariner errors helped also.

In the second, Aaron Judge reached on an error. After a walk to Aaron Hicks, Torreyes doubled in Judge. Torreyes, who must be 5’7″, 160 lbs dripping wet and wearing lifts, has shown some pop for his size. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake him for the batboy.

After Seattle got a run in the third to tie the game—with help of a triple misplayed by Judge—the Yanks went ahead to stay in the fifth.

Torreyes doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (6).

In the sixth, Mark Teixeira doubled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a SF by Judge.

The Yanks got their last run in the ninth when Ellsbury reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Didi Gregorius.

CC’s win was #222 of his career. It passed Joe Niekro on the all-time list and ties him with Tim Hudson and Jerry Koosman.

Sabathia (w, 8-10, 4.33) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Layne (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.57 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 2 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are now 64-61.

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AAA: SWB beat LV, 5-3. Dietrich Enns didn’t start, but did get the win, giving up 1 run in 3 IP of relief. Why he isn’t on the 40 man roster, and why the Yanks don’t bring him up baffles me. He is 7-2, 1.33 at SWB, and overall this year, between AA and AAA, he is 14-4, 1.65. I’d rather see a kid like him, or Chance Adams or Jordan Montgomery get a shot than to see someone like Swarzak and others like Yates and Shreve continue to do poorly. Just saying. Time to try someone else. Ben Gamel 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Mason Williams 2 hits, 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder and Donovan Solano 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Dan Camarena (9-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 1 R. Dustin Fowler 2 hits, triple, HR, 3 RBI. Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI. Mike Ford 2 hits.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 8-2. Nick Green pitched six shutout innings. 3 hits, 2 HR and 5 RBI for Chris Gittens. Alexander Palma 2 RBI. Ricardo Ferreira and Cesar Diaz 2 hits each.

An aside: I hate playing “matchups.” If a pitcher comes in and does well, why not leave him in? Too often you see these “one out guys” come in, dominate, and get pulled because of matchups. Then the next guy comes in and stinks and blows the game. If a guy is doing well, just leave him in there. Guess I am too “old school” but I hate this managing by the book too much. Go by what you see and go with your gut. Guy is doing well? Ride that horse.

Game 124. Yanks waste multi-homer games by Sanchez & Castro in 7-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far, Gary Sanchez looks like the second coming of Johnny Bench.

Anthony Swarzak, however, is not the second coming of say, Jeff Nelson.

Sanchez and Starlin Castro each hit two home runs in Monday night’s game vs. Seattle, but Seattle countered with some homers of their own, and three-run shots trump solo shots as the Yanks couldn’t hold onto leads Sanchez and Castro gave them. The 7-5 loss drops the Yanks to 63-61.

Sanchez hit his first HR of the game in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Castro hit his first HR of the game to make it 2-0 in the second.

But in the fourth, Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR to Kyle Seager on a 3-0 pitch. Seattle gave Seager the green light and he took advantage of it. 3-2 Seattle.

Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the game (8), a 2-run shot, and Castro’s 2nd HR of the game (17), a solo shot, gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.

It didn’t last long. Pineda got into trouble, was pulled for Layne, who got his man, but Swarzak gave up a 3-run HR to Mike Zunino to blow the lead. 6-5 Seattle.

You have to wonder how long the Yanks stick with Swarzak and his 5.90 ERA before turning to someone else. This loss really hurt what slim chances the Yanks have to make the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second wild card slot, but have to jump five teams to get it. Swarzak has given up 10 HR in just 29 innings.

Nelson Cruz homered off of Kirby Yates in the eighth to give Seattle a cushion.

The Yanks had 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the ninth, but couldn’t get that big hit. Final score 7-5.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 5.02. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.67
Swarzak (BS, 1; L, 1-2, 5.90) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.